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Applying the Business Process and Practice Alignment Meta-model: Daily Practices and Process Modelling

Ventura Martins Paula () and Zacarias Marielba ()
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Ventura Martins Paula: University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
Zacarias Marielba: University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

Business Systems Research, 2017, vol. 8, issue 1, 1-16

Abstract: Background: Business Process Modelling (BPM) is one of the most important phases of information system design. Business Process (BP) meta-models allow capturing informational and behavioural aspects of business processes. Unfortunately, standard BP meta-modelling approaches focus just on process description, providing different BP models. It is not possible to compare and identify related daily practices in order to improve BP models. This lack of information implies that further research in BP meta-models is needed to reflect the evolution/change in BP. Considering this limitation, this paper introduces a new BP meta-model designed by Business Process and Practice Alignment Meta-model (BPPAMeta-model). Our intention is to present a meta-model that addresses features related to the alignment between daily work practices and BP descriptions. Objectives: This paper intends to present a metamodel which is going to integrate daily work information into coherent and sound process definitions. Methods/Approach: The methodology employed in the research follows a design-science approach. Results: The results of the case study are related to the application of the proposed meta-model to align the specification of a BP model with work practices models. Conclusions: This meta-model can be used within the BPPAM methodology to specify or improve business processes models based on work practice descriptions.

Keywords: business process; daily practices; business process modelling; meta-model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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